Thursday, June 17, 2021

Descendants of Harris County farmers reclaim trashed historic Black cemetery

Who. Is. Lucy? And why is an unauthorized power line cutting through her burial site? Splintered beer bottles, busted tires and utility truck tracks suffocating her billfold-sized, defiant marker. The same scene for hundreds — maybe thousands — of nameless enslaved and freed Black residents of Harris County, Georgia. All neglected alongside 5122 Pierce...

15 COVID resources Black farmers should know about, act on

BFN wants to keep you in the know about resources that can help you and your farm during COVID-19. As relevant information becomes available,...

Volunteer State farmer flips lawn into sustainable poultry operation

Buy processed chicken strips for $20 a bag or go home empty-handed. Those were Vincent Padgett Sr.’s grocery meat options during the global pandemic....

Female farmer produces hemp history in South Georgia

She pushes. He pulls. They both use their bodyweight to heave the makeshift hemp seed dispenser across lumpier soil. Sweat scampers down their melanin-filled...

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Black Belt landowners: Clear heirs property titles to profit from COVID relief bill, rural attorney advises

SOLD! Forty acres of the Louisiana parcel — gone. Just 10 left to will down the generational line. A family meeting in the ’90s...

Tech farmer uses micro-livestock to restart family traditions on centennial land

Four goats and a donkey bush hog family history back into view. Undergrowth blanket where 19th- and 20th-century kin folk of the Hicks household...

7 scarring facts, figures about America’s Black Belt Region people

It’s a documented tract of high-yielding land. And if you were white, an opportunity for agricultural growth — continuous wealth. America’s Black Belt Region...

Branding strategies BFN applied to position farmer Sedrick Rowe for national exposure

Georgia farmer Sedrick Rowe grows crops as if they’re an outdoor art. His green thumb is simply genius. And he’s one of only a...

This first-year livestock farmer forecasts promise in cattle, COVID

They spring from the family's Polaris 4-wheeler already knowing the day's duties. Mariah refills the water troughs. Makinzi replenishes the gatefeeders. The 11- and...

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